Posts Tagged: Chicago Textiles Class

Pattern Making at Lill Street

From the Dept. of C-Thru rulers and Scotch Tape: We’re about halfway through “Fashion 101: Drafting From Measurements,” and the student pattern makers are knocking it out of the park! Not only are they not phased by fractions, but many of them are attempting more work than is on the syllabus. The first several weeks have… Read more »

Spring Session II Open Studio Schedule

5/12/17: Insert gif of me eating my hat. Sorry, Thursday night First Time Sewing- I didn’t mean to forget you! 5/10/17: OKAY, LAST CHANGE, I SWEAR. No open studio in the sewing room on Friday night’s ’cause we’re makin’ bras, baby. And Frame Loom Weaving is now from 2-5pm on Sunday afternoons in the Print… Read more »

Spring Session I Class and Open Studio Schedule

Hello all! Spring session is off and running! You still have time to sign up for some of the end-of-week and weekend classes, so don’t miss out. Here’s the session I class and open studio schedule. Open studio will start on Monday, April 3rd. See you all in the studio! -Nora

Independent Sewing Projects: Just Added for Winter Session II!

Hi all! We’ve just added a five week Independent Sewing Projects class to the Winter Session II schedule which starts next week: You’ve got the sewing basics down; take the next step to complete one-of-a-kind sewing projects. You will discuss serger instruction, sewing machine feet attachments, buttonhole stitches and additional topics as they relate to… Read more »

Tote Obsessed!

Hi everyone, My name is D (Diane) and I recently moved back to the city from Michigan (after 38 yrs) wanting to meet people and learn in an artistic environment. I feel so fortunate to have found Lillstreet Art Center.  I first enrolled last spring in ‘First-Time Screen Printing on Fabric’ with Allison Rose. I enjoyed… Read more »

Fabric Painting Experiments

One of the great perks of my residency here at Lillstreet has been the space and time to get messy and play with various surface design techniques, like dyeing, screen printing, and relief printing.  I am very attracted to the idea of transforming found fabric and making it my own via the aforementioned methods. To… Read more »

Winter Open Studio

Welcome back to Lillstreet Textile Classes! Open Studio will begin on January 17. The schedule will be posted in the studio, as well. All current students are encouraged to come to open studio. If any changes are needed for one-day workshops, info will be posted in the studio and on the blog. Happy sewing! Happy… Read more »

Improvisational Quilting

*** Improvisational quilting? What is that? It’s more expressive way of piecing. It is an intuitive and playful process, more like painting or making collage than traditional, block-based, precise methods of making patchwork. The improvisational method involves cutting with scissors and/or rotary cutter, but not always with a ruler. Sometimes improvisational patchwork has a wonky… Read more »

Exploring Natural Dyes

Hello, I am Tricia Royal, the Textiles Artist in Residence for 2016-2017. If you see me around the department or building, please say hello! I am primarily a quilt maker.  I am using my year long residency as an opportunity to dive deep into the surface design side of textiles with screen printing and dye,… Read more »